Richard was an athletic, intelligent, thoughtful, and fun-loving individual who eagerly embraced new challenges. He had big dreams and a willing spirit to pursue them. He made friends easily and was a servant-leader among his peers. One story that we learned during one of our church visits was revealed to us by a congregant who told us of having met him. She said he had volunteered to go out on a field trip with a group of deaf students. She recalled how patient he was with them and his willingness to go above and beyond to help others who were less fortunate than himself. His gift was engaging with people and he thrived in settings where he could interact with others.
He was keenly sensitive to making those around him feel valued and important in whatever group he was involved. He was always willing to go out of his way to help others. He had a strong will and keen sense of purpose once he set his mind on accomplishing a goal. His ambition was to one day become a general during his military career. I believe without a doubt that he would have found a way to achieve this goal. He will always be greatly loved and sorely missed by all of us.